Stool cultures require a significant level of technologist expertise and are labor intensive, with multiple test methods extending time-to-results to up to 4 days or more. Studies have shown a diagnostic yield of stool culture as low as 1.5%, and cost per positive culture can be as high as $1,200.1 Clinicians require results rapidly to accurately manage patients suffering from gastroenteritis. Studies have indicated that administering antimicrobial therapy to patients suspected of Shiga toxin-producing Escherihcia coli (STEC) may cause adverse reactions and increase the risk of Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS carries risks of higher mortality, making it critical to detect STEC quickly and accurately.2
The BD MAX™ Enteric Bacterial Panel detects over 90% of bacteria causing infectious gastroenteritis, including Salmonella spp., Shigella spp./enteroinvasive Escherichia coli (EIEC), Campylobacter spp. (jejuni and coli) and Shiga toxin producing organisms (STEC, Shigella dysenteriae).3 The BD MAX Enteric Bacterial Panel provides results in approximately 3 hours, significantly reducing time-to results while streamlining laboratory operations.4
Visit BD Molecular Diagnostics for detailed information on the BD MAX Enteric Bacterial Panel (Cat No. 442963).